Aaron Rodgers, like a ton of NFL players, who actually are employed as professional football players made a ton of sense regarding Andrew Luck’s retirement.
Believe it or not, Rodgers tends to understand that wanting to sacrifice your mind body and life for a paycheck and fame really isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. And it’s really not about being a teammate or a competitor it’s about sacrificing your body and possibly your brain for a paycheck so that other’s can get rich off your physical talent.
Here’s what Rodgers said Tuesday in Green Bay, per Rob Demovsky of ESPN:
“I thought it was pretty disgusting,” Rodgers said Monday.
“He’s making a really tough decision and then before that, he makes the decision, I don’t know why that doesn’t stay in house to kind of protect him a little bit. Although when I think about it, I thought it would’ve been more of a standing-ovation type thing and a thank you than boos.”
“I, 100 percent, respect him immensely for his decision. I salute him for choosing quality of life. He’s a fantastic player, he had a great career and he’s got a lot to be proud of. Like many of us in this locker room, if not all of us, we all have interests outside of football. Andrew is an extremely bright guy, and I’m sure he’ll have a lot of things to transition into. I know what it’s like to deal with rehab and going through injuries. I’ve been on IR twice. It’s tough. He was on it pretty much for an entire season and next offseason trying to get his arm back. Again, in my opinion, not playing with him but just reading what his teammates said, tough guy. What he went through to get himself back on the field is what it means to be a leader and I’m excited for him.”
Rodgers called Luck’s decision “very selfless, not selfish.”
“If he’s not going to play this season, he could have played this season and sat on IR and taken the paycheck,” Rodgers said.